Myra Fox Skelton Foundation

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Mission

To support worthy charitable organizations operating in Wyoming, particularly those rendering services to and benefiting youth, health, education and religion.

Application deadlines

April 1 and October 1

Program areas

Arts, culture, and humanities
Education
Health
Human services
Public/society benefit
Religion

Program limitations

Organizations operating in Wyoming rendering services to and benefiting youth, health, education and religion.

States served

Wyoming

Geographic limitations

The foundation has a practice of primarily supporting organizations located in Natrona County, Wyoming.

Trustees

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Committee members

Rick Mason, Advisory Board
John Miracle, Advisory Board
Charlie Chapin, Advisory Board
Tom Valdez, Advisory Board
Dr. Eric Munoz, Advisory Board

The Myra Fox Skelton Foundation was established to support worthy charitable organizations operating in Wyoming, particularly those rendering services to and benefiting youth, health, education and religion.

Requirements

  • To be eligible, organizations must qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Applications must be submitted through the online grant application form.

Average giving

Average grant size: $2,000 - $10,000
Average number of grants per year: 12
Average total giving per year: $200,000

Application period and deadlines

Applications are accepted year-round. Applications must be submitted by April 1 and October 1 to be reviewed at the next grant meeting.

Communications

Applicants will receive an automated email confirming their submission. Grant decisions are generally communicated by May and November for applications received by the deadline.

Required agreements and reports

Periodic progress reports and final reports may be required for funded projects.

About the Foundation

Myra Fox Skelton was born July 26, 1899, in Osceola, Nebraska. At age 12, the Fox family moved to Dubois where she attended grade school and high school. In 1919, she attended the University of Wyoming. Following graduation in 1922, she moved to Thermopolis. She was elected superintendent of schools in Hot Springs County at age 23, the youngest person ever to hold a like office in the United States.

She married Warren V. Skelton, and together they became involved in the oil and gas leasing business. She moved to Casper in 1939 when Warren became the oil and gas Commissioner for the state of Wyoming.

Over the years, her philanthropic activities included the University of Wyoming Alumni Association, Casper College, and various religious and service organizations.

In 1983, she established the Myra Fox Skelton Foundation for religious, educational and charitable purposes. Ms. Skelton died on March 31, 1986.